UFC 144 Results/Bonuses/Meds/Gate/Ratings
UFC 144 in which we saw a legend fall (an overweight legend) 2 fighters once considered finished, defy expectations in spectacular fashion, some questionable judging and incredible come from behind victory, a return to form for 2 fighters, a big KO that may set up an anticipated rematch for the LW title, a LW make the division stand up and take notice and once again a controversial decision crowns a new LW Champ. You didn’t watch? The last sentence is confusing to you? Well, you F23Ked up, and big. UFC 144 in Japan was an excellent card with some great fights, some good fights and entertaining from start to finish.
Frankie Edgar was dethroned, Benson Henderson is in the drivers seat, Hatsu Hioki is a FW to keep an eye on, Anthony Pettis did what he needed to with authority. Tim Boetsch proved again, he is a force at MW. Mark Hunt put in work for a quick KO victory, while Ryan Bader ground down Rampage for a well deserved decision victory, Kid Yamamoto suffered yet another loss as did Akiyama and Okami while Jake Shields gritted his teeth and showed his heart and determination, Issei Tamura brought the heat and Riki Fukuda showed he shouldn’t be overlooked. Finally, Frankie Edgar showed us why he was champ, his raw determination is awe inspiring. Despite my absolute horror at seeing him fight his 3rd opponent in 7 fights, he does deserve the rematch, I hope Dana relents and gives him his due. A consolation (forced) move to 145 is just plain disrespectful to Frankie and all that he’s accomplished. What did you think about UFC 144?
BuyRate: 375,000 (unconfirmed estimate)
Ratings on FX: 1.5 million viewers (staggering increase for FX)
Attendance: aprox 20,000 (no hard numbers yet)
Gate: not released
Tiequan Zhang; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact
Elji Mitsuoka; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact
Elji Mitsuoka; 180 days or negative nasal x-ray for possible fracture
Joe Lauzon; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact
Tim Boetsch; 30 days no contest; 21 days no contact
Yushin Okami; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact
Cheick Kongo; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact
Quinton Jackson; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact
Quinton Jackson; 180 days or right knee cleared by orthopedic doctor
Benson Henderson; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact
Benson Henderson; 180 days or negative x-ray of both hands and left foot for possible fracture
Frankie Edgar; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact
Preliminary card (Facebook)
- Featherweight bout: Zhang Tiequan vs. Issei Tamura
Tamura defeated Zhang via KO (punch) at 0:32 of round 2.
Preliminary card (FX)
- Bantamweight bout: Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso
Cariaso defeated Mizugaki via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).
- Middleweight bout: Riki Fukuda vs. Steve Cantwell
Fukuda defeated Cantwell via unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, 30–27).
- Bantamweight bout: Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Vaughan Lee
Lee defeated Yamamoto via submission (armbar) at 4:29 of round 1.
- Lightweight bout: Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Gomi defeated Mitsuoka via TKO (punches) at 2:21 of round 2.
- Lightweight bout: Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon
Pettis defeated Lauzon via KO (head kick & punches) at 1:21 of round 1.
- Featherweight bout: Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski
Hioki defeated Palazewski via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29–28).
- Middleweight bout: Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch
Boetsch defeated Okami via TKO (punches) at 0:54 of round 3.
- Welterweight bout: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields
Shields defeated Akiyama via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
- Heavyweight bout: Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo
Hunt defeated Kongo via TKO (punches) at 2:11 of round 1.
- Catchweight (211 lb) bout: Quinton Jackson vs. Ryan Bader
Bader defeated Jackson via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
- Lightweight Championship bout: Frankie Edgar (c) vs. Ben Henderson
Henderson defeated Edgar via unanimous decision (49–46, 48–47, 49–46) to become the new UFC Lightweight Champion.
Bonus awards $65,000
- Fight of the Night: Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson
- Knockout of the Night: Anthony Pettis
- Submission of the Night: Vaughan Lee
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